I have been working as an Inside Sales Rep for the past 5 years for (2) different companies. I have always had an exempt (or salaried) status. Recently my company has advised us that the Department of Labor has made some revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act and "Inside Sales" now falls under the category of Non-exempt (or hourly).
I am furious with this, as I feel as though this is just another excuse for my company to "nickel and dime" the employees. How can this be, when just this weekend I was looking through job openings and I came across SEVERAL jobs that were for "Customer Service" and "Inside Sales" opportunities offering salaried positions?
My company is adamant that THEY are not implementing this. They strongly state that this is being implemented by the Department of Labor and this newly revised FLSA. I, personally, believe that my company is walking a fine line in classifying Inside Sales Reps as Non-exempt, but would like someone's input on this issue. I would like to fight this issue, but need some proverbial ammunition to do so.
Any help, advice and guidance is appreciated.